Drug sweep nets 11 suspects
A drug sweep in Walworth County on Monday led to the arrests of 11 people, ages 18 to 45, for various drug delivery charges.
Ten men and one woman all face felony delivery drug charges of selling marijuana, prescription drugs or psilocybin mushrooms.
Some of those arrested had connections to one another, said Sgt. Jeff Patek of the Walworth County Drug Unit.
The arrests were part of a one-day drug sweep that started Monday morning and lasted through the afternoon.
Taking part were the drug unit, the Jefferson County Drug Unit, and the Whitewater and Delavan and UW-Whitewater police departments.
Arrested were, according to the sheriff’s department:
-- Ian J. Helfenstein, 21, 215 Clay St., Whitewater, delivery of marijuana.
-- Philip M. Wester, 22, N6498 Cobb Road, Elkhorn, delivery of marijuana.
-- Andrew M. Nostro, 22, 1021 W. Main St., Whitewater, two counts delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
-- Daniel J. Bowers, 18, 180 Burr Oak St., Palmyra, two counts delivery of prescription drugs and delivery of non-narcotic drugs.
-- Diana L. Bowers, 45, 180 Burr Oak St., Palmyra, delivery of prescription drugs.
-- Andrew J. Freeman, 20, 250 Fremont St., Whitewater, two counts delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park and two counts delivery of psilocybin mushrooms within 1,000 feet of a park.
-- Kaleb J. DeVries, 23, 932 Conger St., Whitewater, two counts delivery of marijuana. He also had a probation apprehension request.
-- David R. Hanizeski, 21, 250 Fremont St., Whitewater, three counts delivery of marijuana.
-- Jordan C. Shimon, 20, 140 Prince St., Whitewater, three counts delivery of marijuana.
-- Daniel H. Adams, 19, 257 N. Prairie St., Whitewater, three counts delivery of non-narcotic drugs and two counts bail jumping.
-- Kent C. Collier, 21, 404 N. Main St., Whitewater, two counts delivery of marijuana.
The arrests culminated a four-month investigation in the city of Whitewater, conducted by city police, the Walworth County Drug Unit, UW-Whitewater Police and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.
All 11 suspects were to have bail hearings Tuesday.
Seven suspects—Wester, Nostro, Freeman, DeVries, Hanizeski, Shimon and Collier—are listed as students in the online UW-Whitewater student directory.
Authorities seized three vehicles and small amounts of drugs from the arrests, Patek said.
About 20 officers participated Monday, Patek said.